How Long Are Canned Green Beans Good For?

How long can you keep and use green beans that were canned. I found a jar dated 8/20/08. They look good and have a sufficient amount of liquid around them.


By Louise O

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April 22, 20120 found this helpful

You know who are the real experts at the longevity of canned foods? The people who run soup kitchens and food pantries. Give them a call!

April 23, 20120 found this helpful

Being a long time home canner myself, I do feel comfortable answering this. First, check a couple things. Open the jar, was it still sealed? Do not taste! Smell for any "off", odor, knowing that botulism is not detected by odor or taste, but other natural decay could be. Then, check the texture of a bean that is submerged in the water. Is it firm or is it soft and not attractive to think about eating.


If all these things pass your tests, (by the way, wash your hands, so you don't forget the botulism thing), pour the beans into an open sauce pan, bring to a boil, boil, uncovered, for no less than 17-18 minutes, and the beans will be safe to eat.

I have a jar myself, dated about the same time, and will be using them soon. I never use any green beans, or low acid food that is home canned without boiling it for the proper time to kill botulism. We have eaten many jars of 3-to 8 or 9 year old food, as long as it met the above tests.

September 18, 20180 found this helpful

My green beans were canned October 2016. ?Are they still ok to eat. They are stored in a cool dark room year round. Thanks!! C

October 10, 20180 found this helpful

What if they are pickled?

January 22, 20190 found this helpful

I have a jar of green beans that were jarred in 1986, still good?


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January 22, 20190 found this helpful

This site says that home canned goods are good for 12-18 months. I would not risk eating them if they were canned over 30 years ago.


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April 23, 20120 found this helpful

I think LJF gave you the best answer. I was just going to say if the seal was intact and there was nothing "odd" looking about the beans when you open the jar then they are probably fine. We can many things and open jars years old that are fine. Not just beans either.

September 18, 20180 found this helpful

how long is it safe to eat canned green beans?


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